Perdition Home, Yorba Linda, CA
As we hurtle toward the end of Halloween season, we're hitting up more and more home haunts, which tend to open up late in the season--often the last weekend or two of October. Today, we head to Yorba Linda and check out Perdition Home, a famously bloody and intensely gory haunt that's tackled a variety of themes over the past six years its been operating. We actually visited Perdition last year, when owners Brandon and Trevor decided to do a last minute mini-haunt that ended up more elaborate and detailed than most full size mazes. This year saw an extension of last year's offering with a few tweaks, doubling the size. Lets take a look at how the "Brujeria maze" stacks up!
The theme generally revolves around a satanic witch cult that seems to have a penchant for gutting its victims. As a result, there are plenty of gutted bodies, severed heads, and bloody body parts. In terms of gore factor, Perdition is Halloween Horror Nights meets Dark Harbor: blood and guts everywhere in brutal fashion. And the theming is gorgeous, making for very photogenic scenes. The candles and jars and spellbook pages and mysterious writings and oddly recurring photographs of a young couple add a sinister vibe to the setting, and they're great camera fodder too!
The layout of the maze is also compact and very efficient, occupying only the front yard of the property. The talent has multiple pass-thru's for various scares, enabling a small number of actors to provide a comprehensive maze experience. This allows Perdition to bypass a recurring challenge for many mazes--finding enough actors to fully stock the haunted house attraction, since Brandon and Trevor really only need to recruit one or two friends to help them scare. That type of logistical thinking is pretty smart and definitely shows a veteran planning from the team.
Although this year's Perdition doesn't quite match the scope and sprawl of some of the legendary haunts of past Perdition years past, it's still an excellent maze, with great, designed startle moments and misdirection scares and an intimacy that makes for some uncomfortable situations. One practically has to tread lightly through this house, and the fact that the same actors can catch guests in multiple locations is pretty effective. It's always great to maximize one's tools, and the folks at Perdition have certainly leveraged that!
Perdition runs through Halloween night. It's also located very close to The Fleshyard, so hitting up both of those haunts in the same night is a pretty smart idea. Adam, Brandon, and Trevor are all friends anyway, and they certainly support each other's endeavors! Take a stop by this year's Brujeria maze. You'll have a spooky, disturbing time!
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